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3 federal ministers at Emergency Act inquiry

OTTAWA –


Three federal ministers are slated to testify immediately at the general public inquiry that’s scrutinizing the federal authorities’s response to the “Freedom Convoy” protests that overran downtown Ottawa and choked a number of border crossings final winter.


Justice Minister David Lametti, Defence Minister Anita Anand and Transport Minister Omar Alghabra are on the witness checklist because the inquiry digs into Ottawa’s resolution to invoke the Emergencies Act in response to the weeks-long demonstrations.


Lametti’s testimony is anticipated first, however the federal lawyer common’s solutions could also be restrained by solicitor-client privilege, which he cited earlier this 12 months when giving testimony at a parliamentary committee finding out the identical subject.


Anand is more likely to face questions on Alberta’s request for assist from the Canadian Armed Forces to deal with a border blockade in Coutts, although the army was not introduced in as a part of the emergency powers.


Alghabra, whose testimony is anticipated final, is more likely to be requested in regards to the financial prices of border blockades, since his division was the one to calculate the $3.9-billion price of border shutdowns.


The Public Order Emergency Commission is in its sixth and remaining week of public hearings, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau anticipated to testify on the ultimate day of proceedings Friday and a remaining report back to be delivered to (*3*) by early subsequent 12 months.

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